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It's been quite humid recently and the bamboo flooring in my apartment expanded to the point where it popped up in certain spots. While fixing the floors my dad accidentally cut through the network cable that runs under the floors from the network router to the server in my office room. This cable couldn't be pulled out and replaced so at first I thought that was it, bye bye wired network.

After examining the cable and finding the location of the cut, I decide do try fixing it in place by adding a couple of short patch wires.

This is what I had to work with...
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I untwisted the orange/orange-white cable pair and soldered on two short length of wire, connecting the two cables back. Surprisingly the light for the network cable on the router came back on. I had connectivity again!

Testing transfer speeds with this patch gave good results as well - doesn't look like the patch is causing any/much signal interference or loss.

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Finally I added shifted the heat shrink over to cover the exposed wires, shrank it and sealed everything with electrical tape.
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This patch seems to work, this is in no way a professional fix, though it means I can keep using a wired network from my server to the router.

-i

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